Archive for April, 2012

The Best Of The Muslims, By Ibn Taymiyyah

Posted in Miscellaneous on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

The best of the Muslims are their devoted, active scholars. Ash-Shu’bi said:

“In every nation, their scholars are the worst – except for the Muslims, whose scholars are the best of them.”

Ibn Taymiyah explained it this way:

“Every nation apart from the Muslims is astray, and the ones who led them astray are their scholars, so their scholars are the worst of them. But the Muslims are following true guidance, and guidance is explained to the people by their scholars, so their scholars are the best of them.”

[Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 7/284]

Killing By Mutilation Is Unislamic, By Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“When the Muslims captured some polytheists and wanted to kill them, they killed them by beheading, but they did not go beyond that. They did not mutilate them by cutting off hands or feet or any part of the body, or stabbing them in the stomach or burning or drowning or anything beyond what was described, because the Messenger of Allah (saw) forbade mutilation.”

[Al-Umm, by Ash-Shaafi’ee, 4/162]

The Virtue Of The Scholars

Posted in Knowledge on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Allaah says:

Allaah bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except He, and (so do) the angels, and (so do) those having knowledge…” [3:18]

Al-Bayhaqee said, commenting on this verse:

“Allaah placed the word scholars next to the word angels, just as He placed the word angels next to His Name. So just as virtue and honor is required for the angels because of what Allaah granted them by that, then likewise virtue and honor is required for the scholars because of the same thing Allaah granted them by it.”

[Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 5/323]

Al-Qurtubee said, commenting on this verse:

“There is proof in this aayah for the virtue of knowledge and the nobility and merit of the scholars. This is because of there were anyone more virtuous than the scholars, Allaah would have linked them with His Name and the name of the angels just as He did with the scholars.”

[Al-Jaami’ Li Ahkaam Al-Quraan, 4/41]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, commenting on this verse:

“Allaah calls on the scholars to testify to the noblest of testimonies, which the His Oneness (tawheed)… and this is evidence for the virtue of knowledge and its people.”

[Miftaah Daar As-Sa’aadah, 1/219]

Quotes Regarding Innovators And Innovations

Posted in Biddah / Innovation with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Aboo ‘Ubayd Al-Qaasim Ibn Salaam said:

“The follower of the Sunnah is like the one who holds onto hot coals. And today, in my opinion, this is better than fighting with swords in the Cause of Allaah.”

[Taareekh Baghdaad, 12/410]

Al-Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyyaad said:

“The souls are arrayed armies. So those that know one another will unite with one another, and those that don’t know one another will be divided. And it is not possible for a person of the Sunnah to support a person of innovation except due to hypocrisy.”

[Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah, 1/138]

Yahya Ibn Yahyaa An-Naisabooree said:

“Defending the Sunnah is more virtuous than jihaad.”

[Naqd Al-Mantiq, p.12]

Raafi’ Ibn Ashras said:

“It used to be said, ‘From the punishments of the liar is that his credibility is not accepted.’ And I say that from the punishment of the sinful innovator is that his good qualities are not mentioned.”

[Sharh ‘Ilal At-Tirmidhee, 1/50]

Will Knowledge Really Be Removed by The Death Of The Scholars, Even Though Their Books Are Still Amongst Us?

Posted in Knowledge on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

The Prophet (saw) said:

…Knowledge will be removed by the death of the scholars…” [Saheeh]

Some consider this hadeeth to be valueless saying that even when the scholars die, their books remain, so the death of the scholars is not a calamity upon the Ummah.

In explaining this hadeeth Shaykh ‘Umar Baazmool said:

“Knowledge will be removed by the death of the scholars just as the Messenger of Allaah (saw) said. Perhaps its relativity can be clarified by the following affairs:

1) The scholar magnifies the religion and the legislation. He encourages the people and calls them to practise its sunan and obligations. How many sunan have been compiled and recorded and Allaah has manifested it by the hands of a scholar so that he calls the people to it, teaches them, and encourages them to revive it. This does not occur merely by the presence of books.

2) The scholar is a righteous example for the people. The people plainly see the religion practiced by him, and an example is the greatest of tools in cultivation and education… If the scholar dies, the image of the religion amongst the people that he was upon is lost. An example which is not achieved merely by books.

3) The scholar possesses fiqh, knowledge-based aptitude, and skill that aids him in extracting religious verdicts (fataawaa). When a calamity occurs, he is able to expeditiously extract the religious verdict, teach it, and spread it among the people. Explaining the religious verdict (fatwaa) of this calamity along with this aptitude and skill does not come from simply reading books during a calamity. Rather it comes from years of experience and discourse with the scholars.

4) The scholar has collected and gathered understanding of the book, sunnah, sciences, education, experience and understanding of the affairs and conditions of the people that do not exist in any book. If one desires to gather all of that, it would take a very lengthy time. Therefore the scholar has only achieved this after many years of his life starting at the beginning of his quest (for knowledge).

5) A book does not comprise what is needed to affirm the legislative verdict (fatwaa) concerning a specific issue. You would need to refer to more than a book. You would need to know the weightier opinion when there is a difference of opinion, and you would need to apply the principles of the people of knowledge. A book does not produce this. A book does not deliver a religious verdict (fatwaa) to a person seeking a fatwaa. A book is not able to determine the religious verdict and apply it in the courts.

6) The absence of a reference point… The people will have no reference point to return to during calamities and catastrophies, so they fall into turmoil and chaos, except for whom Allaah has willed otherwise.

7) Taking the ignorant as leaders. This is the end result of the absence of a reference point and a person’s need of someone to refer his questions to.

…Therefore, knowledge is removed by the death of the scholars as the Messenger said.”

[Interaction With The Scholars, by Sh. ‘Umar Baazmool, Pp. 99-103]

The Superiority Of ‘Aa’ishah

Posted in Sisters Base with tags , , , , on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Urwah ibn az-Zubayr said: “I was acquainted with ‘A’ishah, and I have never seen anyone at all who was more knowledgeable of any verse that was revealed, any obligatory duty, any sunnah, anyone who was more well-versed in poetry or narrated more poetry; anyone who was more knowledgeable of Arabic history and lineage and so forth; or anyone who had more knowledge of judiciary matters or medicine than her.” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubula’, 2/193]

Ash-Sha’bi used to mention her and express his admiration for her understanding and knowledge, then he would say: “No wonder, when she learned from the Prophet (saw)!

‘Ata’ used to say: “ ‘Aa’ishah was the most knowledgeable of people and the most wise.” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubula’, 2/185]

Al-Ahnaaf Ibn Qays, the chief of Banu Tameem and one of the most eloquent of the Arabs, used to say: “I heard the speeches of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthmaan, ‘Ali and the caliphs who came after them, and I never heard words from the mouth of any person that were more powerful and more beautiful than those of ‘A’ishah (ra).” Mu’aawiyah used to say something similar. [Siyar A’laam An-Nubula’, 2/183]

[Poem] Description Of Paradise, By Ibn Al-Qayyim

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

[Opening]

That is only out of fear it should be attained,
By any expect the one deserving, and your lord is most knowledge of the creation.

And even if it should be concealed from us with every disliked thing,
And surrounded by that which troubles the soul.

[Entering Jannah]

By Allah what delights are contained inside,
And all manners of pleasure for the soul to enjoy.

And from Allah is the sweetness of life in its pavilions,
Its gardens and in the meadow which will make one smile.

[Seeing Allaah]

And to Allah belongs its vallley where there is promise of increase,
For those who love Allah; if only I could be of them.

In that valley, the lover wanders,
And he sees the wandering to be a great attainment.

And from Allah is the joy of the lovers when,
He addresses them from above and greets them with salam.

And by Allah, when they see Allah directly,
Neither shall darkness cover their sight nor shall they tire.

Say O what a glance which gives a brightness to the face,
Can the enthralled lover ever forget after that?

[Al-Hoor Al-‘Ayn]

And by Allah, how many fair (maidens), if only were to smile,
She would radiate light brighter then the break of dawn.

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Is There A Need For Bid’ah In The Deen?

Posted in Biddah / Innovation on April 28, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Zayd related that the Jews said to Salmaan Al-Faarse, “Your Prophet teaches you everything, even how to relieve yourselves.” So Salmaan said, “Certainly! He forbade us from facing the qibla whilst doing so…” [Saheeh Muslim]

Aboo Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allaah said, “When I order you with something, then do as much of it as you can, and when I forbid you from something, then avoid it.” [Bukhaaree & Muslim]

Abu Dharr (radiallaahu-anhu) said: “The Messenger (sallallaahu-alahi-wasallam) did not even leave a bird flapping its wings in the sky except that he gave us knowledge regarding it.” [At-Tabarani in ‘Mu’jam al-Kabir’]

The Messenger of Allaah (saw) said, “I am leaving you two things and you will never go astray as long as you hold fast onto them. The Book of Allaah and my Sunnah.” [Al-Haakim – Saheeh]

Hudhayfah Ibn Al-Yamaan said, “Every act of worship that the Companions of the Messenger did not do, do not do them.” [Aboo Daawood – Saheeh]

Ibn Mas’ood said, “Imitate and follow (the Messenger of Allaah) and do not do bid’ah, for what you have been commanded is enough for you.” Ad-Daarimee – Saheeh]

Is it not reasonable to say that if they chose to be so careful in sticking to what they had ben taught by the Messenger (saw) we shuld be even more so?

The Messenger (sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) said as is recorded by Ibn Khuzaimah in his Saheeh about the perfection and comprehensiveness of his Guidance: “By Him in Whose Hand is my soul. I have not left a single thing which brings you closer to Paradise and distances you from Hellfire except that I have commanded you with it and I have not left a single thing which brings you closer to Hellfire and distances you from Hellfire except that I have prohibited you from it.“[Ibn khuzaymah and ahmad]

In Conclusion:

The Prophet (saw) said, “He amongst you that would survive after me would see great differences. So hold fast to my sunnah and the sunnah of the rightly guided caliphs, adhere to it and cling to it tightly and beware of innovations for every innovation os a bid’ah and every bid’ah is a misguidance (and every misguidance is in hell).” [Aboo Daawood, Tirmidhee and Ibn maajah]

I Understood That Guiding People By Action Is More Inspiring

Posted in Knowledge, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“I have met many mashaaykh and the affair of one was different from that of the other, and their knowledge capacity were of varying levels. And the one whom I benefited from his company the most was the one who used to apply what he knew, even though there were those who were more knowledgeable than him.

I met a group from the people of hadeeth who memorized and knew a lot, however they would permit backbiting under the guise of jarh wa ta’deel (ed.: “accreditation and disreputation”, science of criticism of narrators), they would take monetary payment in return for narrating hadeeth, and they would be hasty in giving answers, even if they are wrong, lest their status diminishes.

I met Abdulwahaab Al-Anmaatee, he used to be upon the methodology of the Salaf. One would never hear backbiting in his gatherings nor would he take payment for teaching hadeeth. Whenever I read a hadeeth that contained in it a heart-softener, he used to cry continuously. I was very young at that time, (but) his crying affected my heart. He had the calm of those whose description we hear about from the narrations.

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Supplicating To Allaah During Trials, Sh. Saalih Al-Fawzaan

Posted in Killing The Fitna, Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Abundant supplication to Allaah is from the causes of success at times of trials, in order for Allaah to protect us from such tests.

The Messenger (saw) said:

Seek refuge in Allaah from trials whether apparent or hidden.” [Saheeh Muslim]

The Prophet (saw) in the last tashahhud would seek refuge from four things and he ordered us to do similarly. He (saw) said:

Seek refuge in Allaah form four: punishment of the hell fire; punishment of the grave; the trials of life and death; and from the trials of the Anti-Christ (Dajjaal).” [Saheeh Muslim]

The Muslim should increase therefore, in calling upon Allaah to protect himself from evil of known and unknown trials. He should beg Allaah, for He is close to us (in responding)and answering our prayers. Whoever turns to Allaah and seeks His protection, is protected by Him. Whoever calls upon Him, He answers. He descends every night to the lowest heaven and says:

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The Three Major Corrupters In This Life

Posted in Dunya | Aakhirah with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by TheAuthenticBase

Malik Ibn Dinar said:

“Love of this world is the head of every mistake (i.e. the main reason behind mistakes).

Women are the traps of the shaytan.

And wine is a caller to every sin!”

[Kitaab Dham Ad-Dunya, 3/416]